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I am a newbe, new home owner 2 weeks:no:. I tried to take out a small night light in the light switch. I disconnected the two wires to the switch and saw a third wire, which seemed to be disconnected and not used for anything but after close inspection I noticed that this 3rd wire came out of the second pipe in the same hole as the pipe that contained the two wires that connected to the light switch. Also there are two white wires one going from the pipe containing the two black wires to the second pipe containing the loose third black wire. Maybe this is connected to the second bedroom switch whic is also now not working?

Both light switchs in the two bedrooms four feet from each other seem to have no eclectricity as well as plug recepticals on one side of one bedroom and also one side othe the second bedroom.

I checked the breakers which never flipped ;seem fine. They are not loose etc. Could it be that a breaker is bad and this could cause no electricity to the two bedrooms? Help please!:)
 

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Thankyou so much for getting back to me. This is a light switch. There are two pipes in the box. One contains 2 blk wires and one white. The two black are the ones for the light switch that wrapped around the posts or screws. The second pipe contains the one blk wire that is loose and also contains one white. The white wires are not loose and they just loop from one pipe to the other.:mad:No electricity at this switch and the switch in the other bedroom. I still do not know what to do?
 

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Yes steve now that you mention it the black wire could have been in one of the holes on the top or bottom of the switch because it was not capped and just a little of the wire exposed not enough to wrap aroound anything. If that wire detached could that cause no current?Thankyou.
 

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Excuse my ignorance but there are two posts one for each of the black wires on the side of the switch. They were on each post just as another light switch is set up in my house. I opened that one to check. But that one did not have any white wires and only one pipe. Maybe the both bedrooms are conncected somehow hence the two pipes? So that leaves the other black wire. Does it just stick in the back of the switch? Do I just shave some of the plastic off the wire and push it in the hole in the back of the switch?
 

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How would I figure that out? The two wires fit pretty well back around the posts. I guess that have been wrapped around for some time. Now they are screwed in. So that leaves the third wire, judging the length etc. It seems to go in the top hole in the back but I am not absolutely sure? If the breaker is off would the electricity be off on that constant wire or does the electricity have to be off for the whole house? If I make a mistake and put the wire in the top on the back of the switch when it was supossed to go in the bottom what can happen besides a breaker flipping when I turn the electricity back on? Sorry for all the trouble and time this is taking. Thank you
 

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light works but

The light works but the fan on the light makes this weird noise and the light in the other room still does not work. I put the hot wire together with the top black wire. Could it be to get it to work properly the hot wire has to be connected to the bottom wire wnd the top to the post on the switch?
 

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I tried to push the hot wire into one of the holes and it does not stay in. It says to release the wire if in ; to push on a metal part. How do you get the wire to stay in? I am trying everything?
 

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I understand, so to by pass putting the wire in the back of the switch which is very hard to do I will buy some extra wire to make the six inch one to attach to the hot wire and black wire and then to the switch. Is that correct? Thanks for all your time.:)
 
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